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New Ravenna Introduces Tissé: A Collection of Mosaics Inspired by Woven Textures

Rattan, a hand-cut tumbled mosaic, shown in Lagos Gold.

October 18, 2018  (Exmore, Virginia) – New Ravenna, America’s premier designer and manufacturer of mosaics for both residential and commercial installations, is pleased to introduce Tissé, a collection of 23 mosaic designs inspired by international weaving techniques and textiles.
Tissé, which means “to weave” in French, explores the structure of the raw materials and techniques of heritage designs used in textiles and upholstery. Traditional fibers like RattanJute,and Esparto are interpreted in stone colors that represent the original plant strands. Woven designs like TweedGingham ChevronCabin WeaveWicker, and Twill Ombre were designed first by separating fabric threads to understand how the textile was created. For the Cardigan and Cable Knit mosaics, individual stitches were photographed and enlarged to recreate the intricate permuting  patterns. ThomasCorduroy and Cane Weave emulate the three-dimensional quality of heavily textured materials and are suitable for vertical installations. Either subtle or dramatic contrasting color patterns are the highlight of MayaPerseidIndira, and Ziggurat. Individual stone pieces were then hand cut, tumbled or given a Venetian (pillowed) effect to soften the stone with a more rounded finish. Darker grout was applied to create shadows and depth between each piece of stone, glass, and shell.


Jute Grand, a hand-cut mosaic, shown in Venetian honed Calacatta Tia.

Creative director, Cean Irminger, says, “There’s something satisfying but challenging about following a thread from its start to finish as it weaves and works its way into a pattern. As mosaic makers we tend to naturally notice the interplay of separate parts that make up the finished piece.  Though in the past we have referenced traditional textiles for pattern, with Tissé we wanted to focus on the techniques and textures of woven goods, by deconstructing them down to single stitches. It became a gratifying puzzle to visually transform stone into soft, dimensional, interweaving fibers. It also highlighted for me the deep similarities between these two ancient disciplines of handmade craft, where every stitch or stone is vitally important to the success of the whole.”

Cabin Weave, a hand-cut tumbled mosiac, shown in Nero Marquina and Red Lake.

The Tissé collection and all other New Ravenna mosaics are available at New Ravenna showrooms throughout the United States, Canada, Europe, Russia, and Dubai.

New Ravenna is America’s premier designer and manufacturer of stone and glass mosaics for both residential and commercial installations. The hand crafted mosaics are fashioned into decorative borders, murals, fields, and medallions. Mosaic materials are polished, tumbled, honed and cut to create distinctive styles, subtle shade variations and textures. The installations are custom works of art in mosaic tile, which often incorporate the designs of architects, interior designers and their clients.

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